`17 cr tourism
development projects
sanctioned for Leh: Jora

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JAMMU, Jan 2: The Centre has sanctioned three projects costing Rs. 17 crore for upgradation and development of tourist....more

State Govt misleading
Centre: Manhas

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JAMMU, Jan 2: While addressing a massive public meeting at Korda in Jindrah area of Nagrota ..more

DyCM pays obeisance
at Shiv Khori shrine

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JAMMU, Jan 2: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, visited Shiv Khori and paid obeisance at the holy shrine. Describing the ..more

Akhoon for stern action
against pvt schools
charging excessive fee

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JAMMU, Jan 2: The Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Mr Qamar Ali Akhoon today called for strict implementation .....more

‘Kharaashein’, a critique of
mindless communal
violence

By Lalit Gupta

JAMMU, Jan 2: Kharaashein, staged by Pancham Society of Art, at Abhinav Theatre, here today, emerged ..more

Provide free education to
disabled children: DB

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JAMMU, Jan 2: Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice Virender Singh has directed the State Government to provide free education and facilities/amenities to the disabled children in the educational institutions......more

JKLTF highlights demands

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JAMMU, Jan 2: The All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation (JKLTF) held its working committee meeting today under the chairmanship of State President, Bhushan S Verma and Convener, Maheshwar Prasad......more

Cop’s body recovered from canal
Two killed, two injured in
road accidents

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`17 cr tourism development projects sanctioned for Leh: Jora

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: The Centre has sanctioned three projects costing Rs. 17 crore for upgradation and development of tourist related infrastructure in Leh-Ladakh.

The State has already received the first installment of ` 3.39 crore to take up the work under first phase of the project envisaging creation of different type of tourism promotion works including, development circuit connecting Pangong, Tsomoriri and Tsokar lakes.

This was stated by the Minister for Tourism and Culture, Nawang Rigzin Jora while chairing Leh Development Authority (LDA) meeting, here today. The meeting was convened to review the pace of progress on various projects being executed for holistic tourism development in Leh.

Minister of State for Tourism, Culture and Home, Nasir Aslam Wani was also present on the occasion.

Chairman LADHC, Rigzin Spalbar, Commissioner Secretary Tourism and Culture, Atul Duloo, District Development Commissioner, T. Angchuk, Director Tourism, Kashmir, Farooq Ahmed Shah, Superintendent Engineer, R&B, Leh, Executive Engineer, LDA and other senior officers of Planning, Finance and Tourism Department attended the meeting.

Giving details of the sanctioned projects, Mr. Jora said that ` 4.59 crore would be expended on creation of tourist facilities in Leh district under Destination Development Scheme (DDS), ` 5 crore for development of tourist circuit and ` 6.94 crore for development of lake circuit under Product/ Infrastructure Development for Destination and Circuit (PIDDC) programme. He said construction of budgeted accommodation involving an estimated cost of ` 2.85 crore at Maan-Marak at Pangong Lake and Chuchot Yokma is also part of the project.

The Minister directed concerned authorities to expedite the codal formalities for taking up these projects at the earliest. He also asked for timely completion of the on-going works. He said the Government was keen to fully explore tourism potential of the region, as it forms the backbone of the economy of Ladakhis.

The meeting was told that an amount ` 3 crore is being expended during the current year on various tourism development works under state sector in the district. It was told that construction work of food craft institute at Leh has been taken up at an estimated cost of ` 5.83 crore, against which an amount of ` 3.95 crore has been released and till date an amount of ` 2.79 crore has been expended on its execution.

It was informed that an amount of ` 68.93 lakh is being expended for development of rural tourism in village Tiger-Sumoor against which ` 16 lakh have been expended on hardware and software components. Refurbishment of Matho-Gompa Monastery is also apace at an estimated cost ` 55. 23 lakh.

State Govt misleading Centre: Manhas

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JAMMU, Jan 2: While addressing a massive public meeting at Korda in Jindrah area of Nagrota Assembly Constituency, BJP State president, Shamsher Singh Manhas said that Government is trying to get huge funds for embezzlement by misleading the Union Government on the pretext of setting up of 50 police battalions to replace Para-military forces in the State.

"Para-military forces have been putting their best services and it is due to their presence that normalcy to some extent has been achieved by defeating the anti-national forces working at the dictates of their masters sitting across the border", he said.

He added that the militancy has not totally been wiped out from the State and hence the time is not ripe for thinking of replacing the Para-military forces with the police. It can be a very dangerous decision and having the potential of encouraging the militancy.

Manhas asserted that the State Government should take immediate steps to end discrimination with Jammu province rather than making hollow claims. He said it is the duty of every elected representative of Jammu, irrespective of his political affiliation, to raise the issue with the Government and get justice for Jammuites.

Party MLA from Nagrota Assembly Constituency, Jugal Kishore Sharma, said that a number of developmental activities including construction of roads, setting up of new schools and up gradation of the exciting ones, provision of health care facilities, drinking water and electricity have been on his top agenda and during all these years of his being elected as MLA, every effort has been made to ensure that the problems of the people in each and every area of this vast constituency is being looked into and solved within minimum time. He assured that he would continue to serve the people of his constituency with the same zeal and commitment.

DyCM pays obeisance at Shiv Khori shrine

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JAMMU, Jan 2: Deputy Chief Minister Tara Chand, visited Shiv Khori and paid obeisance at the holy shrine. Describing the place as one of the most revered cave shrines of the region, Mr. Tara Chand said all out efforts are afoot to develop and promote the religious place as a major pilgrim destination of the State. He said Shri Shiv Khori Shrine Board (SSKSB) has launched various projects to create and upgrade facilities for the benefit of visiting devotees.

While interacting with the visiting devotees, the Deputy Chief Minister asked them to be messengers of peace for the State. He said the number of pilgrims to the shrine has already crossed 15 lakh and is expected to touch new heights in the coming year, adding that the Shrine Board is actively involved in upgrading facilities for the devotees arriving here.

Among others, the Deputy Chief Minister was accompanied by former Minister Jugal Kishore Sharma, SSP, Reasi Atul Goyal and Assistant Commissioner (Revenue) S.S. Sambyal .

Later, a Non-Governmental Organisation "Shiv Mandli" led by its president K.K. Padha and vice-president Surinder Sharma called on the Deputy Chief Minister and apprised about activities of the NGO. The NGO is running a langar for the last more than 40 years.

Listening to the demands projected by the NGO for an alternate site of the Langar complex, Mr. Tara Chand instructed the ACR to prepare the project and send the same to the Chairman for consideration.

A deputation of local Sarpanchs and Panchs also called on DyCM and projected demands of the area, which primarily include construction of new bus stand and widening of main bazaar.

Assuring early redressal of genuine demands, the Deputy Chief Minister issued instructions to the concerned officers to make the bus stand operational at the earliest and ensure that the space is put to public use before Shivratri.

Akhoon for stern action against pvt schools
charging excessive fee

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JAMMU, Jan 2: The Minister for Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution, Mr Qamar Ali Akhoon today called for strict implementation of provisions of the Government SRO 123- regulating the fee structure for the private institutions.

He said that private schools found violating the parameters and guidelines prescribed in the SRO should not be granted affiliation or recognition.

Speaking at a joint meeting of Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution (CAPD), Education and BOSE functionaries convened here today to workout modalities for effectively curbing the practice of charging excessive fee and arbitrarily overcharging the admission fee by some private schools, the Minister stressed the need for tightening noose around such institutions. The meeting also discussed measures to check overcharging on account of uniforms and books sold in private schools.

Mr. Akhoon directed for constituting two provincial level committees, one each for Kashmir and Jammu to suggest measures for effective implementation of SRO 123, particularly curbing the tendency of charging huge admission fee by the private school managements. Each committee, to be headed by concerned Director School Education, will have Joint Director CAPD, Jt. Secretary J&K Board of School Education and Jt. Controller Legal Metrology as its members, besides two members from State Consumer Council viz D.R. Danish and Yashpal Gupta for Jammu province and Advocate Mohd. Akbar and Bilal Ahmad Kawoosa, general secretary Chamber of Commerce and for Kashmir province.

Mr. Akhoon asked the committees to come up with detailed suggestions and recommendations within two months after inspecting and ascertaining the required basic infrastructure in various schools so that effective measures are taken in this regard before commencement of the new academic session.

He said need of the hour was to make the private schools accountable and answerable to the society. He said protecting consumer rights in the education sector was one of the primary responsibilities of the CAPD Department and the officers should fulfil this obligation efficiently.

He said overcharging on account of admission fee, sale of books and uniforms by private Schools has assumed alarming proportion and was severely affecting common masses. He said that the department of CAPD, coordination with the School Education Department, should come forward to provide relief to the people in this regard.

The meeting was attended by the Secretary CAPD, Muhammad Abbas, Special Secretary School Education Arifullah, Special Secretary CAPD I. A. Ashai, Director CA PD Parvaiaz Ahmad Malik, Director School Education Jammu Gulzar Qureshi, Jt. Secretary Board of School Education Javaid Iqbal Khatib, Jt. Controller Legal Metrology Amar Singh and president Consumer Protection Forum Jammu D. R. Danish.

‘Kharaashein’, a critique of mindless communal violence

By Lalit Gupta

JAMMU, Jan 2: Kharaashein, staged by Pancham Society of Art, at Abhinav Theatre, here today, emerged so far the best production so far of the ongoing Budshah Theatre Festival.

The play in Hindustani, based on the poems and short stories of Gulzar, famous poet and film lyricist, has been conceptualized by Salim Arif, renowned theatre person and art director, without tampering with the theme and language of Gulzar.

'Kharaashein' which means scratches, in the context of play refers to scars on the psyche in due to Partition of the sub-continent and communal riots and mindless killings that followed and still erupt in different parts of the country.

But in every such violent incident committed by religious zealots, there are human faces that brave the odds, put their own lives at risk and help fellow human beings irrespective of their religion, cast and creed.

The dramatized version of incidents drawn from mass migration during 1947, communal riots of Bengal and Mumbai that form the narrative of Kharaashein touches our sensitive chords and humanizes us in the process.

Today's performance directed by Bhupinder Singh, marked by well knit design wherein each actor frequently shifting from being narrator to a character, not only created the movement in time but also brought to fore the dynamics of emotions like raw fear, suffering, mindless acts of violence which seem to vanish amidst sparkle of humane love and concern for fellow beings.

The thoughtful background music with its mild pitch, and well-synchronized light design significantly helped to deepen the emotional impact of the dialogues.

All the actors including the debutant Swayam gave good performance. The others members of the cast included Tapeshwar Dutta, Poonam Sudan, Pradeep Sharma, Aryavir Singh and Suresh Sharma.

The off-stage team included Vijay Kumar, Gurmeet Kaur, Poja, Anil Tikoo, Avnish, Pankaj Gupta and Lokesh Chander.

Tomorrow, Masoom Ramzan's Kashmiri play 'Musafir' will be staged by Azad Dramatic Cultural Club, Repora, Ganderbal at 4 p.m.

Provide free education to disabled children: DB

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Division Bench of State High Court comprising Chief Justice F M Ibrahim Kalifulla and Justice Virender Singh has directed the State Government to provide free education and facilities/amenities to the disabled children in the educational institutions.

The directions were passed in Public Interest Litigation (PIL) filed by National Federation of Blind, J&K Branch seeking implementation of order passed by the Division Bench in LPA on March 30, 2009.

After hearing Senior Advocate P S Dutta appearing for the PIL and Advocate General MI Qadiri for the State, the DB observed that State Government has responded in casual manner vis--vis implementation of March 30, 2009 order and wanted the Chief Secretary to be present in the Court.

Realizing the seriousness at which the Court wanted to take action for compliance of order dated March 30, 2009, the Advocate General gave an assurance that compliance of the order will be reported in every respect by first week of February 2012.

Reposing confidence in Advocate General and in order to give a final opportunity to the respondent State, Division Bench directed that compliance of the order dated March 30, 2009 should be reported on February 6, 2012 failing which Chief Secretary should be present in the Court to answer the queries.

Besides compliance of Court order dated March 30, 2009, Division Bench also directed the Government to examine statutory requirements to be complied with as provided under Section 15 to 20 of the Act and file a report on those aspect as well, which set-of provisions fall under Chapter IV by which the children suffering with the disability are entitled to certain special privileges to be provided by way of free education and facilities/amenities in the educational institutions.

With these observations and directions, the DB directed the Registry to list the PIL on February 6, 2012.

JKLTF highlights demands

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: The All Jammu, Kashmir and Ladakh Teachers Federation (JKLTF) held its working committee meeting today under the chairmanship of State President, Bhushan S Verma and Convener, Maheshwar Prasad.

The committee members discussed various issues and problems being faced by the teaching community.

Pardeep Kumar while addressing the media highlighted various demands of JKLTF. He said that staff in all schools should be provided in accordance with the strength of students.

He further said that rationalization in Education Department was the need of the hour to raise the standard of education in J&K.

He added that there should be transparency in transfer policy and teachers working in rural areas be given opportunity to work in urban areas.

They also demanded release of arrears of Sixth Pay Commission to the working employees and pensioners besides release of 7% DA from July 2011 in cash in favour of employees.

The Federation demanded selection grade to Masters after completion of five years service in the Master Grade and immediate permission to the teachers desirous to attain higher qualification.

Regularisation of all incharge officers in Education Department was also demanded besides regularization of all lectures, who have Post Graduate degree from recognized universities.

Other demands included free supply of books of all titles, dislocation allowance to employees equal to 30% of Basic Pay and raising standard of education in the State.

Cop’s body recovered from canal
Two killed, two injured in road accidents

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Two persons were killed and two others sustained injuries in road accidents while body of a police constable was recovered from the canal near Domana area.

Police spokesman said that, two motor-cycle borne youth were seriously injured when their motorcycle collided head on with truck bearing registration No JKO21 5224 in district Kathua.

Identified as Ramesh Chander, son of Raj Kumar and pillion rider Surinder Kumar, son of Kundal Lal, both from Hatli Morh, District Kathua were seriously injured. They were shifted to district hospital where doctor pronounced Raj Kumar as brought dead while Surinder was shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) for specialized treatment.

A case has been registered at Kathua police station and a hunt was on to nab the truck driver who fled from the spot leaving behind the vehicle soon after the accident.

A youth was killed while his friend got seriously injured when their bike skidded off the road and plunged into a gorge at Nagrota area.

The duo had gone to celebrate New Year occasion in the outskirts on December 31 but did not return to their native places," police said.

Police added that they were found into a gorge this afternoon near Nagrota along the highway as their bike had skidded off the road and plunged into it.

One of them identified as Naresh Kumar, son of Bansi Lal, resident of Akhnoor had died on the spot while Tarun Sharma, son of Bal Krishan Sharma, was seriously wounded and was unconscious.

"The injured was immediately shifted to the hospital while a case has been registered and investigations are in progress," police added.

Meanwhile, a constable identified as Sunil Dhar, resident of Purkhoo, was found dead under mysterious circumstances in a canal under the jurisdiction of Domana police station.

Police spokesman said that the constable, who was posted in the office of the IG Crime, left for duty on December 31 but his body was recovered in a canal.

A case has been registered at Domana police station and investigations are in progress.

Anita, wife of Suresh Chander of Pargwal made an abortive attempt to end her life by consuming some poisonous substance. Noticing her unconsciousness, family members shifted her to GMCH, where doctors washed her stomach. Her condition was stated to be stable when reports last came in.

Mehbooba habitual liar: NC

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Ajay Sadhotra, senior leader of National Conference today described PDP president, Mehbooba Mufti as habitual liar.

While addressing the party workers of Marh, Sadhotra said despite getting exposed in public for speaking lies, PDP president and its other leadership have not learnt a lesson to shun this practice.

He said that the proof of Mehbooba Mufti’s praise of Narinder Modi, Chief Minister of Gujarat, and its denial in public had exposed her completely.

Ajay Sadhotra said that Mehbooba should apologise from the people of the State for befooling them by speaking lies.

He added that PDP was propagating falsehood against the coalition Government in the State.

He said that PDP has the credit of brining J&K at No 2 in most corrupt states during Mufti Mohammad Sayeed’s rule.

Sadhotra also blamed PDP for unleashing propaganda and shutting eyes on the innovative politico-economic development policy launched by National Conference in the State that helped in restoration of peace and stability.

PDD daily wagers hunger strike enters seventh day,
3 hospitalized

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Daily wagers engaged in Power Development Department (PDD) continued their protest viz hunger strike against the Government at Bhagwati Nagar pertaining to their demands including regularization and clearance of dues.

PDD daily wagers are agitating for the past one-month against the Government for not fulfilling their demand of regularization and clearance of dues.

Addressing the gathering, leader of PDD daily wager union, alleged that for the past one month they are protesting but the Government is not conceding their demands. He said that they have rendered seven to twelve years of their life in the department, but were not regularized till date.

He said that if the Government will not take any concrete step regarding their regularization and clearance of pending dues, they will intensify their struggle and for any untoward incident, the Government will be responsible.

During the ongoing hunger strike of the PDD daily wagers, three fasting daily wagers sitting on hunger strike demanding regularization, were shifted to Government Medical College and Hospital (GMCH) after their condition deteriorated.

The hospitalized daily wagers were Mohammad Farooq, Deepak Sharma and Sarabjit Singh.

PPEU observes pen down strike

Excelsior Correspondent

RAJOURI, Jan 2: The Provincial Power Employees Union (PPEU), district Rajouri today observed a day long pen and tool down strike in support of daily wagers.

The strike was held under the leadership of Aftab Dar and Sadiq Chib wherein the workers sat on dharna on various power stations raising slogans in support of the demands of daily wagers.

Their demands included regularization of employees who have completed seven years of service and withdrawal of pending wages of daily wagers.

Rajinder Bakshi, president, Daily Wagers PDD Association stressed upon the workers to remain united till the State Government issued their regularization order and payment of wages in entirety.

Karamat Malik, president EJAC, Rajouri, Ayoub Chouhan, Javaid Mirza, Vinod Sharma, Mushtaq Ahmad, Abdul Majid, Ravinder, Balbir Jamwal, Akram and Javed also spoke on the occasion.

PDP terms Govt’s 3 yrs performance big zero

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JAMMU, Jan 2: People's Democratic Party (PDP) today said that three years performance of the Government is a big zero because it has failed on all fronts.

Addressing a public meeting at Bishnah today, PDP leaders said that Government has failed on all fronts because problems of the people have been further compounded after formation of this regime.

They further said that one and only noticeable achievement of this regime was legalization of corruption. "During the last three years, corruption has crossed all limits", they said, adding that from bottom to top, there is corruption every where", and pointed towards mysterious killing of NC worker Haji Yosuf Shah's case.

They asserted that PDP would take peoples' problems on the streets to force the Government to take some concrete steps for solution of day to day problems.

The leaders who spoke were Sardar Rangil Singh, former minister, Trilok Singh Bajwa, former Rajya Sabha member, Thakur Balbir Singh, general secretary, Chatter Saini, Satpal Charak, Dewan Singh, etc.

Higher Judicial Service Exam on March 3

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: The Higher Judicial Service (Direct Recruitment) Examination, 2011 will be held on March 3 and March 4, 2012.

A notification in this regard was issued by Registrar General of State High Court J R Kotwal today.

Meanwhile, Shujat Ali Khan, Registrar Rules High Court has been deputed to J&K Industrial Tribunal/Labour Court and he will hold the charge of One Man Forest Authority.

Registrar Vigilance Kartar Singh will hold the additional charge of Registrar Rules of J&K High Court.

Winter vacation announced

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: As per an order issued here today by the Government, the winter zone colleges falling in Jammu division will observe the winter vacation with effect from January, 2012 to February 29, 2012.

Dismiss Sham Sharma from Ministry like Saroori: NSF to Govt

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Taking strong note of the involvement of Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma in the land grabbing case at Lower Muthi, National Secular Forum (NSF) today urged the Chief Minister Omar Abdullah to dismiss him from the Ministry, as the same is sending a wrong impression in the minds of the people of the State.

Addressing a press conference, Vikas Sharma, State president, NSF, said that the Government should take strong action against Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma for his involvement in the land grabbing case near the house of his brother Madan Lal Sharma, MP, at Lower Muthi. Sharma added that the there are many politicians, bureaucrats and police officials who have illegally grabbed big chunks of land and there was a dire need to expose all such land grabbers.

"GM Saroori, Former R&B Minister, was dismissed from the Ministry when his name figured in the impersonation scam of his daughter in the Entrance Examination of ASCOMS", Sharma said, adding, that "Why the Government is not dismissing Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma, as he was also involved in land grabbing case".

"Government was not taking any cognizance of the land grabbing case in which Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma is purely involved, which is very unfortunate on the part of the Government, Vikas Sharma said, adding that the Government should showcase its good governance and dismiss Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma from Ministry like GM Saroori".

He further stated that the Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma had also threatened the police official (DySP) of dire consequences, who was investigating the land grabbing matter near the house of Madan Lal Sharma, Member Parliament, at Lower Muthi.

Sharma further said that if the Government will not dismiss Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma from the Ministry at the earliest, then activists of NSF will stage dharma, launch signature campaign and subsequently start agitation to force the Government for the dismissal of Health Minister Sham Lal Sharma.

Among others present were Shafqat Malik, chairman, University unit of NSF, Nitin Chandel, senior vice president, Abhimanyu, Rahul Sharma and Manu Sharma.

` 39.20 lakh released for providing training to PPs, APPs

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: An amount of ` 39.20 lakh has been released for imparting training to the Public Prosecutors and Additional Public Prosecutors besides strengthening the office infrastructure.

This was stated in a high level meeting held here today under the chairmanship of Minister for Rural Development, Panchayati Raj, Law, Justice and Parliamentary Affairs, Ali Mohammad Sagar.

It was given out in the meeting that during the vacation period of the courts, a six day training programme will be conducted through DOEACC at Jammu and Srinagar. The programme would ensure that they are properly trained in the latest courses as well.

Further, it was also decided that the offices of the Public Prosecutors and Additional Public Prosecutors would be strengthened by providing computers and other related accessories.

Ex-Servicemen rally organised

Excelsior Correspondent

DODA, Jan 2: Zila Sanik Welfare officer Doda, Major (Retd) SL Khajuria here today conducted an Ex-Servicemen rally under the aegis of Brigadier (Retd) RS Langeh, Director Sainik Welfare Department.

A large number of ex-servicemen and Veer Naris thronged the rally, which afforded them a composite platform for redressal of their grievances. On the occasion, SL Khajuria impressed upon the gathering to avail the benefits of the schemes extended by Central and State Governments such as Prime-Minister's Scholarship scheme, Ex-servicemen contributory Health scheme, Daughter’s marriage grant, Demise grant, Issue of CDPC, pension entitlement enquiry system ‘Suvigya’, grant of family pension for life to the handicapped children and various welfare schemes of Kendriya Sanik Board, New Delhi.

96 bovine animals rescued, 10 smugglers arrested

Excelsior Correspondent

RAMBAN, Jan 2: Continuing drive against bovine smugglers, Ramban Police today registered five cases against 10 bovine smugglers and rescued 96 animals from different locations. Seven vehicles which were being used to smuggle bovine animals were also seized.

Police spokesman said that last night an information was received about the smuggling of bovine animals in different trucks and accordingly SP Ramban, Anil Magotra sounded all the Police Stations and Police Posts on the National Highway.

SHO Police Station Batote was instructed to immediately lay naka at Patnitop and Updesh Kumar, DySP SSR Ramsoo was asked to remain in mobile on National Highway between Ramban and Patnitop so that bovine smugglers may not escape. During checking, Banihal Police with the active support of Traffic Police personnel managed to crack down heavily on the bovine smugglers and booked them. Four bovine smugglers, one each at naka points of Baghu Nallah Batote, Chanderkote, Shan Palace Ramban and Ramsoo were arrested when they were taking bovine animals towards Kashmir valley on foot.

During the night long drive, 10 bovine smugglers were arrested and seven vehicles bearing registration numbers JK02AG-5337, JK02AC-3420, JK13A-1001, JK02AG-5095, JK02AD-3531, JK02W-5334 and JK02AG-0877 were seized. A total of 96 cattle heads were rescued from the possession of the smugglers.

The arrested smugglers have been identified as Mohd Sultan, son of Shah Zaman of Nagrota By Pass, Hamid Ali, son of Mohd Shafi of R S Pura, Mohd Sharif, son of Mohd yaqoob of Reasi, Riaz Ahmed, son of Mubarak Ittoo of Darshipura, Banihal, Mohd Ashraf, son of Mohd Mirza of Kothia Reasi, Gafoor Hussain, son of Mohd Din of Akhnoor, Mohd Ayoob, son of Mohd Ismail of Rakhjarog, Batote, Mohd Shafi, son of Faqar Din of Ramban, Farid Ahmed, son of Noor Jamal of Ramban and Fiaz Ahmed, son of Hamid Ahmed Gujjar of Chopra Shop, Udhampur.

PHE employees for no work, if no pay

Excelsior Correspondent

UDHAMPUR, Jan 2: The PHE Employees Association of districts Udhampur and Reasi held a mass protest under the chairmanship of president Som Nath, provincial senior vice president of the Association and resolved to adopt "no work if no pay" method.

While addressing Som Nath said that CP, ITI and consolidated workers are without wages for the past over seven months in Udhampur only and what could be the plight of other workers of Jammu province can be gauged by any saner element. He said Government should curtail salaries of MLAs and MLCs, if there was any shortage of funds.

He said there was shortage of 1200 workers for running smoothly the supply position of water as 193 new water supply schemes have been commissioned while hundreds of employees have retired, but the Government has not bothered to recruit new staff for obvious reasons.

Som Nath demanded that transfers of workers should be made adjacent to their residences, keeping in view the steep hike in prices of essential commodities. He further demanded that consolidated rate workers working for the past over 15 years be regularized under SRO 64.

He also demanded that final seniority lists should be prepared at direction office level and division levels.

Others who spoke included Rattan Singh, Vijay Kumar, Suraj Parkash, Jagdish Magotra, Makhan Chand, Krishan Chand, Mohinder Singh, Baldev Raj, Chuni Lal, Shiv Lal, Manoj Kumar etc.

Legal Metrology Deptt challans 74 defaulters

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RAJOURI, Jan 2: As a sequel to its drive to protect consumer interest, a team of officers of Legal Metrology Department Rajouri led by Assistant Controller Legal Metrology M. A. Mughal conducted extensive checking at Sunder Bani, Gujjar Mandi Rajouri and Darhal.

During the inspection, more than 93 establishments dealing with different trades like Karyana, Halwais, Hardware, Wine Shop, Kerosene oil dealer, Ration dealer were checked and 17 of them found violating different sections and rules of J&K W/M Enf Act 1997. All the 17 challaned cases were compounded on spot and an amount of ` 11300 was recovered from the defaulters.

At Poonch district, 57 traders were booked in Surankote and Buffliaz area for using un-recertified weights and Measures, Weighing and Measuring instruments. All the 57 challaned cases were compounded on spot.

Besides, an amount of ` 31264 was recovered by way of stamping fee in Poonch district and ` 12921were collected as stamping fee in Rajouri district during the month of December 2011.

The department has appealed the consumers to purchase goods on verified and calibrated weight and also check MRP, name of the commodity, packing date and complete address of the packer/manufacturer.

Prof Aijaz Bandey new Director DIQA

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Jan 2: Dr Ajaz A Banday , a Professor in the Kashmir University's prestigious Centre for Central Asian Studies has been appointed as in charge Director of Internal Quality Assurance (DIQA).

Professor Bandey has to his credit five books on the various themes of Central Asia and he has also published numerous research papers in national and international books and journals. He has been on the editorial board of the Journal of Central Asian Studies for past twenty years and worked on many research projects.

Prof Bandey has participated and presented research papers in international and national conferences on various themes related to the issues confronting Cenral Asia. Prof Bandey has carried out field-out research activities aboard as well as in the country and is a member of various academic bodies and professional associations.

KLHC begins helpline

Excelsior Correspondent

SRINAGAR, Jan 2: Kashmir Lifeline and Health Centre has started a toll free helpline for the people suffering from different health problems in the Kashmir valley.

In a statement, a spokesman of the Centre said that free telephone counseling would be given to the people once they dial 18004202020, adding that counseling facilities would also be provided to people in hospitals at Charar-i-Sharief, Shopian, Kangan, Baramulla and Red Cross, Srinagar.

The spokesman said that awareness cum training programme was held for the Anganwadi workers of Nagam block of Budgam district at Anganwari centre located at Gafoor Mohalla. He said that 80 Anganwadi workers along with common masses took part in the programme.

MWC holds meet

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Migrant Welfare Committee (MWC) here today held a meeting at Muthi Camp, which was presided over by TN Koul president, under the chairmanship of Ramesh Bharti, a prominent social worker.

Various issues pertaining to the migrants were discussed and the Government was stressed for inclusion of migrant representatives in the State Cabinet. The committee objected to the interference of so called outside leaders in any matter of rehabilitation. Besides, the political empowerment of Pandit community in both the Houses of State Legislative was also demanded.

Those who attended the meeting included Sham Lal, Badri Nath, Ravinder Koul, Ashwani, Gopi Krishan Khar, Manoj Kour and many others.

BSF constable dies of cardiac arrest

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: A BSF constable died here today due to cardiac arrest at transit camp under Narwal police post. He was 33.

Police spokesman said that Pardeep Kumar, son of Thakur Dass of Kangra, presently posted at 100 Batallion stationed at Pantha Chowk, Srinagar died here today due to cardiac arrest at Transit Camp, Narwal. He added that the BSF constable arrived at transit camp and was scheduled to leave Srinagar tomorrow for resuming his duty.

He added that the body of the constable was shifted to GMCH and has been kept in the mortuary.

Lecturers seek 40 pc quota

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: All J&K Plus Two Lecturers’ Forum working president N S Jamwal has appealed for release of 40 per cent quota for Plus Two lecturers in the Colleges, which was abolished during the Governor rule.

Addressing a meeting, he asked the Plus Two lecturers to trust on the screening committee, which has been constituted by the Government for verification of certificates.

He hoped that the Government would concede demands of the lecturers.

Body recovered in Katra

Excelsior Correspondent

JAMMU, Jan 2: Police today recovered an unidentified body of a youth from near Darshani Gate in Katra town, the base camp of Mata Vaishno Devi ji shrine.

The youth looked an outsider, police said, adding the body has been shifted to Katra hospital for post-mortem and identification.

A case has been registered for investigations at Katra police station.



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